Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Nick Gubbins

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins - Credit: Archant

Conditions play a big part in one-day cricket – as we know only too well after our 50-over game against Hampshire at Radlett.

While we were probably 30 runs light of what we should have got when we batted, nevertheless 295 was a decent score and a defendable one.

We bowled really well before the rain break, but after we came out again the ball was skidding on a touch and I think we fell on the wrong side of the coin, weather-wise.

Because fielders are slipping all over the place and the bowlers can’t grip the wet ball, everything’s in the batsmen’s favour. Still, we shouldn’t take anything away from Hampshire and especially Liam Dawson, who played a great knock for them.

It’s hard to say what constitutes a good total – after all, there were more than 850 runs scored in that 50-over game at Trent Bridge the other day but, from what I hear, there was a pretty small boundary for that one.

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You see other games where both teams get 200 so a lot depends on the pitch, the size of the boundaries and the British weather. With that said, if you play good cricket throughout a competition you should get your rewards.

We’re on the road again for the rest of the week and obviously Sunday’s game against Sussex will bring back nice memories for me of the century I scored at Hove in last year’s competition.

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While every batsman has good memories of certain grounds, you don’t want to look at the past too much – it’s all about the present and this is a new day, a new game.

We’ll be losing Adam Voges later this week and I have to say it’s been awesome to have him around – not just because of what he contributes with the bat but the experience he brings.

I like the way he plays the game and he’s always very open to anyone who comes up with ideas. Everyone wishes him all the best with Australia and we can’t wait to have him back at the end of August.

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